Sen. Fred Martin, R-Boise, told the Senate State Affairs Committee this morning, “It’s déjà vu all over again,” as he presented SB 1255, the bill to raise Idaho’s smoking age to 21, to the Senate State Affairs Committee. Last year, the same panel, after a lengthy hearing, killed the bill on a 5-4 vote. “As you know that were on this committee last year, I think because of your input we have a better bill,” Martin said. Corey Surber, director of advocacy for St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center and board chair of United Way of Treasure Valley, told the committee the bill “will save thousands of lives and millions of health care costs into the future.” She said, “Tobacco use is the leading cost of preventable disease and premature death in the U.S.,...
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Martin to senators on smoking-age bill: 'Because of your input we have a better bill'